Prince Shotobi Not Properly Elected, Ikorodu Princes Tells Gov. Ambode

-Call for reversal of Oba Shotobi’s installation

Story by Dimeji Jagun

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During the crowning and presentation of Staff of Office to HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi by former Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN

Aggrieved princes under the aegis of The Concerned Aspirants for Aynagbure Stool has called on His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to reverse the crowning and presentation of Staff of Office to the new Ayangbure of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Abdul-Kabir Shotobi.
In a petition dated 3rd June, 2015 and titled “Petition Against The Selection Process And Purported Handing Over of Staff of Office To Prince Shotobi Kabiru Adewale”, the aggrieved princes regsitered their displeasure to the new governor at the process they said was not in accordance with due process.
In the three-page petition, the aggrieved princes raised seventeen (17) grounds of objection to the emergence of Oba Shotobi and made three requests.
In their request to the governor which The Concerened Aspirants termed “Save Our Soul Plea in Ikorodu to your Office”stated that, one, “The whole process of selection was not in accordance with due process of Law and therefore null and void”
They added that, “That the puported handing over of staff of office should be set aside” and three, “That the said Prince Shotobi Kabiru Adewale should be called to order and maintain his Odofinship”.
The three prayers are based on seventeen grounds which were highligted as reasons they are objecting to the installtion of the new Aynagbure of Ikorodu.
“Never in the history since the creation of Ikorodu has the Odofin been allowed to be elevated to the highly exalted position of an Oba”, the aggrieved princes stated in their petition to the governor.
According to them, “The selection process adopted by the kingmakers is alien to the Oba and Chiefs Law of Lagos State” and also alleged that the Kingmakers are unknown to the government since they have not been gazetted.
“We make bold to say that of all the four Kingmakers, none of them have their position Gazetted officially by the Lagos State Executive Council”, they stated
The Concerned Princes also stated that two cases regarding the Ayangbure stool are still pending in court and he ought not to have been confirmed and presented with Staff of Office. “There are two cases over this obaship and most importantly is the Appeal served on Monday 25th May, 2015, Suit No: IKD/454/GC/2014 and another sister case of allegation of fraud against the same Prince Shotobi Kabiru Adewale in Suit No: IKD/57/2007 which is yet to be disposed off.”
It was also alleged that the Oluwo of Ikorodu, High Chief Saliu Kolawole Alejo who is also the head of Osugbo and a kingmaker, has through a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs stressed that he was never invited nor informed by other Kingmakers during the selection process. To the aggrieved princes, this should be enough to make the entire processes illegal, null and void.
The Oluwo’s letter dated11February, 2015 was attached to the petition to the governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, a copy which was also given to THE IMAPCT. Also attached with the petition is a petition to the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Raji Fashola, SAN, dated 23rd January, 2015 and signed by Prince Tajudeen Adedapo Odofin Chief Joseph Aluko and Prince Gbolahan Adesunkanmi Onabanjo.
The aggrieved princes also alleged that the new Ayangbure of Ikorodu failed to earn nomination of the general Lasunwon Ruling House and that as the Odofin of Ikorodu and members of the Council of Kingmakers, he never resigned his position.
“It is also an established fact that he was never selected from the general Lasunwon Ruling House, hence, he does not have the nomination and backing of the whole house.”
The petitioners added, “The same Prince Shotobi Kabiru Adewale is one of the Kingmakers in which case he did not resign his position when they were constituted in December 2014, hence, he cannot be a judge in his own case. It will be deemed under the law that he influenced the decision of the Kingmakers.”
It was argued in the petition that, as an gazetted traditional chiefs under the Obas and Chiefs of Lagos State, Prince Shotobi ought to have relinguished his position before contesting for another. In addition, they argue that since he had performed the traditional rite of lightening the ‘Ofufu’ (spiritual light), he cannot light it again because according to tradition of Ikorodu it is not performed twice by any person.
While stating that the ruling Justice Savage of High Court of Lagos State of 22nd May, 2015 was to the effect that the Adegorushen (Oba Shotobi’s branch) has the right to present candidate, they argue that it does not say that Prince Shotobi should be installed as the Ayangbure of Ikorodu.
The aggrieved princes also alleged that Ikorodu since 1st June, 2015 has been under siege of OP MESA of the Nigerian Army engaged by Oba Kabir Shotobi.
They call on the governor to promptly intervene to avoid the breakdown of law and order in Ikorodu.
“We call on you for your prompt intervention to avoid the breakdown of law and order within our jurisdiction as it is an established fact that the Governor is the Chief Custodian of our custom and tradition”, they stated.

More stories in The Impact Newspaper May/June 2015 edition.

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